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Adirondack chairs are comfortable, beautiful, and durable

Are you looking for a comfortable place to take it easy so you
can truly enjoy the new outdoor area that you just built? If so,
look no further than Adirondack chairs. They are the premiere
seating selection for any outdoor area.

You might be thinking, what makes Adirondack chairs so special.
Well, first off they have a highly relaxing design. This design
will usually features an angled backrest, oversize armrests, a
spacious, sloping seat, and the entire chair itself will sit
lower to the ground, which makes relaxing a breeze.

Another thing that makes Adirondack chairs such a great buy,
along with how comfortable they are, is that they are very
appealing to the eye, which is the result of all the different
materials that they can be crafted from. Some of these materials
include woods like Southern Yellow Pine, Western Red Cedar,
Alder, and Teak along with other man made options like plastic
and recycled plastic. Each one of these materials very beautiful
on its own, but they are also available in a wide variety of
colors and finishes so you can give your space a personal touch
if you want to. Like, let’s say that you like things that are
more vibrant, then a great option for you would be one crafted
out of Southern Yellow Pine that is painted a bright red color.
Or, maybe you like darker colors, then a great choice for you is
one made from plastic that has a deep green color infused right
into it. Plus, all of these materials are extremely durable, so
you do not have to worry about replacing yours sooner rather
than later.

Since Adirondack chairs are so comfortable, beautiful, and
durable, they would be an ideal choice for any outdoor area.
Like, take your backyard deck for example. Maybe you are sick of
sitting in the same old patio chairs that you have been sitting
in year after year, well, then this new seating option would be
an ideal way for you to revamp the seating in the space. You
could buy some of the dining chair variety for making those
outdoor meals very relaxing and comfortable. Plus, you could
even through in a couple of the traditional variety as a nice
spot to relax after a stressful day at the office. When it comes
down to it, this seating option would really work well in any
setting and other places that you could put one include any
porch, patio, garden, or lawn area.

For a great way to check out all the different Adirondack chair
options that you could get for your outdoor space, forget about
going to your local lawn or furniture store. Instead, just do
some online shopping on the Internet. Just by the click of the
mouse you can find what you want and do not even have to leave
your home to do it.

So, if you are in the market for a highly relaxing place to sit
in your outdoor space, one of the best options around is
Adirondack chairs. They would be a nice addition to any outdoor
area. Get one today, when you are relaxing the afternoon away in
comfort, you will be glad that you did.

About The Author: Jesse Akre, owner of numerous niche decor
sites specializing in outdoor patio furniture offers advice and
product reviews on patio furniture, Adirondack chairs and tables
as well as teak patio furniture –
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The Health Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar

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Apple cider vinegar is inexpensive, readily available and comes
with a host of health and beauty benefits. The list of benefits
is so extensive in fact, that entire books have been written
about the many uses of apple cider vinegar.

It is important to note that there is a very distinct
difference between the clear vinegar you find in your grocery
store and raw, unfiltered and un-distilled apple cider vinegar.
Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar will be cloudy or murky and
have filaments floating in it which is known as “the mother”
which means that the vinegar still contains vitamins, enzymes
and nutrients.

Some of the many nutrients that apple cider vinegar contains
are calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium and phosphorous. It also
contains pectin which reduces cholesterol, lowers blood pressure
and eases constipation. Potassium improves hair, teeth and
nails, prevents cramps and helps detox the body.

The antioxidants in apple cider vinegar also provide a host of
anti aging and disease fighting benefits. The malic acid helps
remove uric acid from the body which alleviates joint pain and
arthritis. The manganese, magnesium, silicon and calcium helps
to maintain bone mass and prevent osteoporosis.

Users of apple cider vinegar report that it has reduced or
eliminated their allergies, skin conditions and acne, flu,
candida, acid reflux, arthritis, gout and more. Other people
swear that their skin and hair has never looked better since
they started drinking apple cider vinegar.

Apple cider vinegar also helps to facilitate weight loss
because it helps break down fat, controls blood sugar levels,
increases energy levels and helps stabilize appetite.

Apple cider vinegar is safe for pregnancy, can help reduce acid
reflux, morning sickness, varicose veins and leg cramps. It is
also an excellent way to obtain additional food based vitamins
and minerals for proper fetal development. Apple cider vinegar
is also believed to assist the body’s blood clotting ability so
taking a vinegar cocktail every day during pregnancy may help to
prevent hemorrhage during childbirth.

Due to the fact that apple cider vinegar has anti bacterial,
anti fungal and anti viral properties, taking a vinegar cocktail
daily may help you from catching colds or flus that are passed
around by improving your immune system and you may also be able
to reduce the severity of the illness by bumping up your daily
apple cider vinegar dose after the onset of symptoms.

There are many ways to take apple cider vinegar. The standard
cocktail is simply one to two tablespoons of raw apple cider
vinegar with one to two tablespoons of raw honey in a glass of
water up to three times daily. Some people also use apple cider
vinegar to rinse their hair, wash their face, add it to their
bath or diluted in enemas or douches. The easiest way to
incorporate apple cider vinegar into your routine is to mix it
with oil in lieu of store bought salad dressings.

If you are looking for a safe, natural, inexpensive way to a
more youthful body, easier weight loss, improved immune system
and healthier blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels
along with improved detoxification, energy and digestion and
healthy skin, hair and joints then why not give a daily ACV
cocktail a try?

About The Author: Max Moseley writes for A Much Better Way.
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natural and alternative health care or visit
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Silk Bedding- Not Just Luxurious But Healthy Too!

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Silk bedding can add a real sense of luxury, richness and yes
even better health to any bed and bedroom. The term “silk
bedding” can be a bit confusing, however, because there are
several types of silk used to create bedding.

Before shopping for any silk bedding items, it is important to
understand the different types of silk and the benefits of each.
Let’s look at what the differences are between these types of
silk, beginning with how silk is measured.

‘Momme weight’ silk is a means of measuring the quality and
weight of silk fabric used in bedding items. Cotton and cotton
blend bedding fabric is measured by thread count, but silk is
measured in momme, a Japanese unit of measure.

The higher the silk momme, the heavier the silk fabric will be.
If, for example, you are considering silk sheets for your bed
that are labels as 8 momme, you know the fabric will be very
light and delicate. This silk weight could not be expected to
hold up through rough use.

Silk weighed as 20 or 22 momme would be heavy and much more
durable, so much so that this silk weight is often used for
tailoring men’s suits. When choosing silk bedding, look for
bedding labeled 12 to 18 momme which provides a compromise
between durability and elegance and softness.

Fuji Silk is a spun silk fabric that is soft and drapes very
well. This type of silk is not shiny and is great for bedding
because it maintains the softness of silk but lacks the slippery
feel that often results in silk bedding ‘crawling’ from the bed
onto the floor during a restless night. Fuji silk sheets and
duvets are often available in 19 momme weight.

Charmeuse silk is the most recognizable type of silk This
fabric is very shiny and smooth and drapes well but can feel to
slick for some people’s liking. This silk is also referred to as
‘satin silk’.

Habotai silk is lightweight and smooth but only has a very
slight shine. It has a bit less drape than heavier silks and is
usually found in 12 to 15 momme weights. These silk bedding
items are perfect for summer use or use in homes that are kept
quite warm during winter.

Jacquard silk is medium weight silk that is woven into an
intricate jacquard pattern. Combining shiny and matte finishes
due to the jacquard weave, this silk bedding can add detail and
interest to silk bedding.

Noil silk is often referred to as ‘raw silk’. This untreated
and undyed silk has a nubby texture and is neither shiny nor
smooth, which makes it very different from what you think of
when you think of silk. The feel is almost like that of cotton
linen and it can be used to add a modern, contemporary feel when
used in comforter outer shells or duvets.

Silk floss is 100% natural silk fiber which is often used to
fill silk comforters. Long mulberry silk floss strands can be
thousands of yards in length! This ensures the comforter filling
layers never bunch or shift. Much preferred to tussah silk used
in comforters of lesser quality, silk floss comforter fill
ensures a quality product.

And if all of the warmth, lightness and pure beauty of silk
weren’t enough, silk is perfect for people who are concerned
about allergens. Like its cotton cousin, silk’s natural fibers
don’t harbor dust mites or give off gas like man made fabrics
do. Can’t beat that for better sleeping health and peace of
mind.

About The Author: Pat Bowlin shares hundreds of useful tips and
ideas for all of your bedding needs so you can create the
perfect bedroom retreat right there in your home! Visit
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pillows, comforters, kids and baby bedding.

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Heart Surgery And Your Longevity

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Heart Surgery And Your Longevity
Nowadays, heart surgery is commonly performed on patients
suffering from heart disease, which is often a threat to
longevity. But does heart surgery make you live longer? Is
Oriental medicine a better approach to heart disease?

According to the most recent report from Journal of the
American Medical Association, at least 12,000 Americans die
each year from unnecessary surgery, and tens of thousands
more suffer complications as a result.

Every year in the United States, surgeons perform 1.2
million angioplasties, during which a cardiologist uses
tiny balloons and implanted wire cages known as stents to
unclog arteries. This Roto-Rooter-type approach is less
invasive and has a shorter recovery period than bypass,
which is open-heart surgery.

Nevertheless, a surgery is still a trauma, and the body
responds to it with major blood loss and swelling, and all
manner of nerve and pain signals that can plague the
patient for months, if not years.

Research has indicated that angioplasty did not appear to
prevent heart attacks or save lives among non-emergency
heart subjects. If that is the case, then why the surgery?

Dr. William Boden of the University of Buffalo School of
Medicine, Buffalo, New York, and author of the study also
added: “If you have chest pain and are stable, you can take
medicines that do the job of angioplasty.” Medicines used
in the study included aspirin, and blood pressure and
cholesterol drugs, and they were taken along with exercise
and diet changes in patients participating in the study.

Dr. Boden did have a point about not opting for surgery.
But do medicines, such as aspirin, as well as blood
pressure and cholesterol drugs, save lives and prevent
heart attacks, or are there better alternatives? Heart
health is longevity health. Conventional medicine offers no
miracle cures. Healing the heart has to be wholesome
because it is the “residence” of the body, the mind, and
the spirit. Therefore, medicines play only a minor role, if
any, in the cure of heart disease. Modern Western medicine
addresses only the symptoms, not the causes, of heart
disease. According to the Oriental way, your heart is the
“emperor” of your whole being, and the health of your
entire system depends upon the normal functioning of your
heart. According to Chinese philosophy, heaven and earth
merge to make a human being, and the place where they merge
is in the heart, which is the “center” of the human body,
hence the importance of the heart.

Disturbances in the heart affect your whole body. The
movement of blood throughout your body (circulation) is
managed by multiple organs, which in turn interact with one
another. A failure in any one part of this system can
result in pathology.

If there is a circulation issue, all the organ systems in
your body will be deprived of the nourishment supplied by
your blood, which include nutrients and oxygen. Your heart
has a dramatic effect on everything else in your body.

The force that keeps life going is “qi” (internal vital
energy), which is determined by the balance of “yin” and
“yang.” Poor diet, stress, and lack of exercise can cause
your “yin” and “yang” to become out of balance, thereby
disrupting the flow of “qi.” One symptom is “thick” blood,
which is the root cause of heart disease.

Severe stagnation in “qi” and in the blood may produce
internal heat, which goes into your blood and steams your
body, drying out your blood vessels as well as raising your
blood pressure.

In Chinese medicine, the basic cause of chest pain is
obstruction of the circulation of “qi” and blood. Chest
pain may be due to either deficiency or excess patterns of
“yin” and “yang,” resulting in imbalance and discord.
Accordingly, the Oriental medicine focuses on using
different foods not only to nourish the body but also to
clear any blockage in the flow of “qi.”

Truly, foods are directly involved in many of the risk
factors for heart disease. Paying attention to what you eat
is one of the most important preventive measures you can
take.

The foods that best protect you against heart disease
include the following: oily fish, fruits and vegetables,
fiber from whole-grain breads and cereals and unrefined
carbohydrates, nuts and seeds, and green tea, among others.

In addition to the different types of food to protect your
heart, you need to understand the importance of energy
balance. You need enough calories to maintain your energy
level, but no more than what you can burn off. This is
energy balance.

Even when you are dieting, you should not drastically cut
back your calories such that your energy needs are not met.
The number of calories you need depends primarily on age,
gender, and activity level.

Essentially, the Oriental medicine employs foods and
acupuncture to maintain smooth flow of “qi” and blood.

About the Author:

Stephen Lau is a writer and researcher, writing synopses of
research of doctors and scientists. His publications
include “NO MIRACLE CURES – Only Wholesome Self-Healing,”
“How To Teach Children To Read” and “Blueprint For Success
In Affiliate Business.”
He has created websites, including “Longevity for You” on
health, and “Golfing Success Info” on the art of playing
golf.
http://www.longevityforyou.com
http://www.golfingsuccessinfo.com

Ideas for a Hot Tub in Spain

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Ideas for a Hot Tub in Spain
There is a very considerable choice when it comes to
choosing a Hot Tub Jacuzzi Spa as sizes vary considerably
as regards how many people they can accommodate.

For example there are some that are just small enough for
two to three people. Then there are some that will seat
eight and others that can seat four to five people and
those that can seat five to six. These can be big enough
for ones family and friends or indeed suitable for just a
couple.

A typical two seater would be say 81″ long and 55″ wide
with a depth of 30″ or in metric terms 2.06M x 1.4M with a
depth of 0.75M. This Hot Tub would hold some 190 gallons of
Water (US) or say 720 Litres. This type of Hot tub would
probably have something in the range of 12 to 18 Jets with
a two speed 2HP motor with a 2HP air blower.

Moving up to say an Octagonal Shape a typical size would be
80″ by 80″ with a depth of 34″. This would have the same
pump configuration as the two seater referred to above but
would accommodate 6 people and have a larger water capacity
of some 400 US Gallons or 1,500 Litres.

One of the most popular types is a five seater with one
lounger usually say a size of 82″ by 80″ with a depth of
32″ and some times you can get a deeper version with a
depth of 40″ or again in Metric it would be some 2.08M x
2.01M with a depth of 0.79M and for the deeper version the
depth would be just over one Metre. The standard size would
hold some 400 Gallons US (1,500 Litres) and the Deeper Tub
Some 425 Gallons US (1,600 Litres).

You can also get a designer shaped spa with a stretch
lounger that will take five people and with a size of 79″
by 73″ it’s slightly smaller than the one immediately above
and you can see that in the water capacity is smaller at
300 US gallons or some 1,135 Litres.

Also as one moves up the scale in the terms of cost you get
more and more extras like a waterfall and neck / collar
jets. This kind of size of Tub would have a 2 speed 5 HP
motor and a 2 HP air blower.

In a brief article I can only highlight a few ideas or
choices so I have restricted this to just a few hot Tubs
obviously the choice is pretty wide. In another article I
will expand on some of the more exotic Hot Tubs with 98 and
a 130 Jets and an underwater perimeter lighting system
coupled with a 200 watt sound system that injects the Sound
into the water coupled with additional speakers for the
patio / terrace.

Now one of the key questions has to be how one chooses the
right Hot Tub. Well the answer in simple terms is to go out
and try one. As I have explained above the choice is very
wide Some Hot Tubs offer multi-level seating for people of
different body types. Some feature comfortable built-in
loungers. It’s important to choose the Hot Tub that matches
what suits your own idea of perfect relaxation.

About the Author:

The author supplies premium quality Hot Tubs on the Costa
Del Sol In Spain and his web site is at
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Healthy Muffin Recipe With Yoghurt And Oats

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Sweet treats for kids that are also healthy can be hard to come
by, healthy treats that the kids actually like even harder. This
recipe has been tried and tested by a part of the blogging
community all around the world and as far as I can tell has been
universally a hit with kids and parents alike. The muffins are
moist and keep for a few days, have a good crust and flavour and
get devoured as soon as they have cooled down enough to eat.
Mums like them because the yoghurt and oatmeal ingredients spell
Nutrition with a capital N, kids like them because they taste
good and they didn’t actually see you putting that healthy stuff
in, when you were baking them. If your kids are picky and recoil
in horror from such things as plain yoghurt and oats, present
them with the baked muffins without telling them what’s in them!

You can experiment with your own flavours. I used banana and
cinnamon for mine, as that was what I had in the house and
because my kids pick raisins out of any baking, leaving a trail
of crumbs around the house, or a heap of raisins and crumbs for
me to eat in Hoovermum mode. I’d like to try with nuts too, but
again only one child likes nuts so the same thing would happen=85I
do believe that chocolate chips would go down well though, if
only I had some in the house!

Yoghurt and Oat Muffin Recipe

1 cup unsweetened plain yoghurt
1 cup rolled oats
1 egg
=BD cup vegetable oil
=BD cup sugar
1 =BC cups self-raising flour
1 ripe banana mashed
=BD teaspoon cinnamon

Alternative flavour combinations:
instead of the banana and cinnamon try adding
1 teaspoon vanilla extract and =BD cup chocolate chips or
=BD cup mixed nuts and raisins
or make up your own variation with whatever berries and fruits
are in season.

Mix together the yoghurt and oats and leave them to soak in the
fridge for half and hour. After they have soaked, beat in the
egg, sugar and the oil, and fold in the flour with ingredients
for whichever flavour combination you have decided on.

Spoon the mixture into a greased muffin tray. You will get
either 12 large muffins or 24 small ones. If you are baking them
for lunch boxes it is a good idea to line the tins with paper
muffin cases. Bake at 200C / 400F for 15 to 20 minutes, until
the top is springy to the touch and golden brown.

Small muffins are excellent for school lunch boxes if there are
any left over. They also solve that eternal dilemma of
contributions to those school bake sales and class events when
teachers ask for healthy foods only, but your child wants to
take something delicious – if you tell the teacher what’s in the
muffins they’re sure to count them as healthy, just use raisins
and nuts rather than chocolate chips in this case!

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number of websites from her own site
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major travel website http://www.justtheplanet.com and is also
co-creator of http://www.aflowergallery.com.

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Are You Ready For Some Football? Get The Steak Ready!

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Buffalo was once the chief source of meat for many Native
Americans before the animal nearly became instinct over two
centuries ago. However, because of its many health benefits and
other factors, buffalo meat is rapidly making a comeback to
plates and palates today.

Private ranches are now raising buffalos in a bid to fill the
growing demand for buffalo meat but the supply remains miniscule
compared to the supply of beef, making it presently relatively
expensive. Despite the costs however, buffalo meat has many
advantages over beef which makes it an ideal meat alternative
for the health conscious.

For one, buffalo meat has 70% to 90% less fat than beef and
half the cholesterol. Further, because they are stronger than
domestic animals, they don’t require growth hormones and
artificial substances to get them to size. In appearance,
buffalo meat is similar to beef except that it has a darker
reddish color. Connoisseurs however say that buffalo meat has
more flavor than beef and is just as tender.

Buffalo is also as versatile as beef and has similar cuts. It
can be used in any beef recipe but has to be prepared and cooked
differently because it cooks faster than beef due to the absence
of fat within the muscle. Fat acts as an insulator which tends
to slow down cooking time so with less fat content, the meat
will cook faster.

To prepare a buffalo steak, experts advise putting olive oil on
each side before cooking in order to keep the meat moist. The
key is to go “low and slow”. One should turn the buffalo steak
over often and cook at a lower heat than steak. Also use slower
cooking times but avoid overcooking the buffalo as this could
dry the meat out. If you are using a gas grill, experts also
advise keeping the lid closed to keep the moisture in. If you
are cooking buffalo meat in the broiler meantime, it is advised
to move the oven rack a notch lower than what you would use to
broil beef. Chefs however advise against using a broiler to cook
buffalo meat. If you are using the stove, the stove should be
turned to medium. Ground buffalo meat can also be used as a
substitute for ground beef but it is well to remember that
buffalo does not shrink in size when cooked.

In general, an 8 ounce buffalo steak will take about 10 minutes
to prepare medium. Studies show that buffalo cooked at a medium
temperature produces the tastiest results but if you want your
buffalo steak well done, you may want to consider cooking at a
very low temperature (180 =96 200F) and for at least 10 hours.
When cooking buffalo steak, the basic guidelines to remember are
to use lower heat and to retain the moisture. One way of sealing
in buffalo’s natural juices is to sear the meat on both sides.
Because, buffalo cooks faster, you should expect that compared
to beef cooked to the same degree of doneness, buffalo steaks or
burgers will be ready faster.

Paired with onions, mushrooms or your favorite seasoning;
buffalo is offering meat lovers a variety of natural and healthy
ways to enjoy their meals.

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often appearing on the food channel and other cooking shows
during the 4th of July. For more information on finding the
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Acne: Going Through Hormonal Changes? Beware Of Acne!

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Acne is more than just skin deep, there are more than one
causes for acne and one of the most top rated is hormonal
changes. Changes in hormones can be due to puberty or due to
changes after age 30 or even during menopause can cause mild to
severe acne, depending on your body constitution.

Teenagers with highest amount of hormonal activity going on in
the body are most susceptible to acne. Not just the hormonal
activity but eating habits of teenagers and general hygiene are
other reasons that are likely to boost the acne.

It is very much necessary therefore, that acne should be taken
care of earliest when signs start showing, and acne ignored for
a long time can result into pimples that may leave ugly scars on
skin, especially on face. Scars always stay on for a life time,
unless exceptionally good quality skin that cures scars.

How does hormone activity result into acne formation? Highly
active hormones, start processes which the body does not do
normally, this also includes secretion of extra oil by skin
glands. If the skin is not being kept clean enough, dead cells
end up blocking skin pores. Extra oil secreted gets blocked
inside skin pores because of the dead cells and results into
acne.

Acne can then develop into various different stages that
require to be taken care of more than you might require to get
rid of acne. Acne might be noticeable sometimes, it becomes more
obvious after it starts forming into white heads or black heads,
taking care of acne at this stage often helps clear the pores
and avoid the heads turning into pimples.
If proper care to remove black heads and white heads is not
taken acne formation might run deeper and for pimples, which can
do both, either make your face look ugly or leave scars.

There are certain home remedies you can do to take care of
acne, these home remedies are very simple to follow and do, and
in fact you can even include these remedies in your daily
routine. Firstly, it is very important to take care of your skin
especially those parts which are constantly exposed like your
face. It is important to use a cleanser or exfoliating soap so
that your skin pores remain open allowing oil to come out
easily.

Secondly, you can try and remove any and all makeup you apply
all day long so that makeup does not block your skin pores.
Thirdly, take care of your diet, drink ample of water; eat
healthy foods, including vegetables and all those foods that are
rich in fiber. You can also start eating healthy amounts of
salads for each meal. Avoid spicy and oily or fatty foods. Junk
food too is strictly avoidable.

Fourthly, though dandruff is just one of the causes of skin
problems, dandruff can keep on falling on skin and cause
blockage of pores. This blockage too can lead to acne and later
pimples. So taking care of your hair and getting rid of dandruff
is necessary too.

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Lavender Aromatherapy Improves Health

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Lavender Aromatherapy Improves Health
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils and other natural
aromatic compounds from plants to affect one’s mental or
physical health. Essential oils, are known as hydrophobic
i.e. non-water mixing or volatile i.e. air mixing.
Essential oils are sometimes referred to as an “oil of” a
plant e.g. oil of lavender. Essential oils are referred to
as “essential” because they are the perceived “essence” of
a plant..

Essential oils and other elements used in aromatherapy are
used for relieving a variety of discomfort from
indigestion to headaches. Aromatherapy is used to alter
mood, inspire confidence, ease depression, and increase
energy. In many cultures essential oils are used for their
antiseptic value to treat infection. In France, essential
oils viewed and considered in a similar way prescription
drugs are in the United States. Essential oil treatments
can be delivered in many different ways- direct inhalation
of vapors, inhalation of steam from a vaporizer, through
massage, or through therapeutic baths. It is important to
note, however, that essential oils are diluted in carrier
oils (neutral, odorless oils) before being used on skin.
Essential oils can be used singly or in combinations with
other essential oils.

Other products used in Aromatherapy besides essential oils
include absolutes, phytoncides, and infusions. Absolutes
are essentially purer forms of essential oils that have had
their lighter, less dense components extracted with
ethanol. Phytoncides are natural antimicrobial liquids used
by many plants to protect themselves from rotting or being
eaten by insects and animals. Infusions are oils or other
liquids that have been infused with herbs, flowers, or
berries.

One of the more popular and widely used aromas is lavender.
Lavender grows well in rocky environments that have good
sunlight. Lavender has woody branches and green leaf-like
shoots resembling rods. The grayish green leaves are oblong
and in curled spiral patterns. Lavender oil is taken from
the flowers of the plant with steam distillation. Lavender
oil blends well with many other essential oils including
cedarwood, pine, clary sage, geranium, and nutmeg. The
flowers of lavender are fragrant in nature and have been
used for making potpourris. . Lavender’s Latin name Lavare,
means “to wash”. Lavender essential oil has a calming scent
and helps in treating migraines, headaches, anxiety,
depression, nervous tension and emotional stress. Lavender
aroma eases nervous exhaustion and restlessness and
increases mental activity. Lavender essential oil induces
sleep and is recommended for insomnia. Lavender essential
oil helps ease pains caused by sore muscles, tense muscles,
muscular aches, rheumatism, sprains, backache and lumbago.
Massage with lavender oil helps relieve pain in the joints.
Lavender oil helps in restoring hormonal balance and
reduces inflammation of the urinary bladder. Lavender oil
is often helpful for respiratory problems including throat
infections, flu, cough, cold, asthma, sinus congestion,
bronchitis, whooping cough, laryngitis, and tonsillitis.
The oil is either used in the form of vapor or applied on
the skin of neck, chest and back. It is also added in many
vaporizers and inhalers used for cold and coughs.

Lavender oil helps skin because of its antiseptic and
antifungal properties. Lavender oil is used for various
skin disorders e.g. acne, wrinkles, psoriasis, wounds,
cuts, burns, and sunburn.. Lavender oil is added to
chamomile to treat eczema. Lavender essential oil is useful
on lice and lice eggs or nits in hair. Lavender essential
oil is also good for improving blood circulation by
lowering blood pressure and hypertension. Lavender oil for
digestion increases the mobility of the intestines
increases production of gastric juices and bile and so
eases indigestion, stomach pain, colic, flatulence,
vomiting and diarrhea. Lavender oil also helps improve the
immune system. Lavender can be used as an insect repellent
for mosquitoes and helps heal insect bites. As with many
other essential oils, pregnant and breast feeding women,
people with diabetic concerns or people with unusually
sensitive skin should avoid using lavender essential oil.

The health benefits of aromatherapy has been
underestimated. Aromatherapy has often been considered to
be only a way to make “everything smell nice”. The health
benefits of aromatherapy are much more powerful and
effective than is commonly perceived or known by most
people. Aromatherapy is a deeply beneficial natural healing
modality for enhancing emotional balance and physical
health. .

About the Author:

Jennifer has more than twenty years experience with all
natural health care. She provides all natural aromatherapy
products through
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Detoxification : Spring Cleaning For Your Body

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When our homes get a little messy we give them a full cleaning.
When our car looks a little dirty, we take it in for a cleaning.
But rarely do we give the same consideration to our bodies.

The human body needs the same style spring-cleaning regimen for
digestive health. This kind of cleaning is referred to
detoxification, and is a complete process of cleaning out all 7
of the areas the body eliminates waste. While you may only think
of regular elimination, in the form of bowel movements there are
7 areas of elimination in the body. In addition to the colon,
the body eliminates waste through the skin, lungs, kidneys,
blood and lymphatic system.

There are a number of ways to give your body a good cleansing
from head to toe and everywhere in between.

The largest organ on your body is your skin. When you sweat,
that is your skin eliminating. Some of it is waste coming from
your lymphatic system, other parts of that are waste that was
stuck in the pores of your skin. Utilizing a steam bath or
sauna will create more sweat than your body normally produces,
essentially washing out the poisons in your lymphatic system and
your skin.

There are a variety of herbs that can assist in the cleansing
process. Some are used for purification to purge the organ
systems. Others are revitalizing herbs that will heal and sooth
the organs after a cleansing.

The most commonly discussed form of bodily elimination is
through the colon. This area needs a cleansing ritual. Colon
hydrotherapy is one such method. This is a process where warm
water is used to gently clean the colon and encourage the
muscles within the colon to work more consistently. This has
been found also to be a successful natural method to cure a bout
of constipation.

There are some regular daily activities you can take on that
will continue the cleansing process of your body year round.
One is making a change to a healthy dieting plan. A diet that
is heavy in fiber (fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains and beans)
will assist in ongoing digestive health. The high-fiber foods
help the body get rid of toxins. They attach to the fibers as
they pass through and are eliminated.

Taking regular vitamin supplements can assist the body in
staying healthy, and being more capable of protecting itself.
Some of the vitamins with antioxidant properties, such as
Vitamins A, B,C and E as well as other minerals such as zinc and
selenium give the body extra power to get rid of toxins.

Deep breathing exercises can also assist in detoxification by
removing poisons from the cells in the lungs.

Regular exercise is also helpful, in removing toxins from the
body through sweating.

About The Author: Brandon H. Masters is a health enthusiast,
researcher and veteran of the Natural Products industry. He is
devoted to educating others on the benefits of weight management
using natural solutions including a balanced diet.
http://www.fiber35diet.com

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